Finally get your book out of your head and onto the page.
Mentoring offers you a unique partnership, which has the space to develop over a period of several months. Which aspect of your writing we focus on is entirely up to you – what would you find most useful?
I’m Sophy Dale, an editor and writing coach. I love seeing the transformations that can take place over the course of a mentorship - whether that's going from dreading writing to loving it, or starting to get replies to your newsletter asking you how to sign up for your latest offer - or whether it's that you finally get started on writing the book that's going to grow your business, get you booked for podcasts and establish your expertise.
You know that you need to write more to grow your business. You may even want, finally, to write the book that will establish you as an authority in your subject area.
What's stopping you?
Well, you have lots of ideas, but you don't know which one will work. Writing a whole book is so daunting… It feels like someone’s sending you to climb Mount Everest without an oxygen tank, when you’re used to no more than a leisurely stroll round your local park.
You want to write, but daily life and the realities of running a business keep getting in the way. And then there's the paralysis that sets in when you confront the blank screen and the blinking cursor.
That's where I come in.
I've spent two decades in the books world and set up a business as a writing mentor in 2012. I've coached writers of all experience levels (including Booker Prize shortlisted Graeme Macrae Burnet) and in all sorts of genres. I've helped people establish a consistent daily writing rhythm that's enabled them to finally finish a book they started writing years ago - or to be able to blog regularly and revive their newsletter. I know that all the best writers shine when they work with an editor.
If you were going to climb Everest, you’d most likely want to work with a personal trainer and a sherpa, to guide you through the process. That’s my role with people who want to finally get their book written and out there in the world.
“Before the Mentorship, I would start writing and would then get stuck because I felt it wasn’t good enough. Working with Sophy, I didn’t get stuck and kept writing through my doubts. Before, I would write and stop – sometimes I’d get so stuck, I’d stop before I’d actually written down a word. I also started to make it a practice to write down all my ideas – I hadn’t taken that seriously enough before.
By the end of the Mentorship, not only had I written lots of blog posts, I could also see the memoir as being more possible. It started to feel like something that I could get going with, instead of being this big tangled ball of ideas that I didn’t know where to start with.”
Michelle Tessensohn, Master Coach, Self-Mastery Coaching
"During challenging times, it was Sophy’s understanding and belief that bolstered my own and kept me from flagging. Her warmth and approachability is matched by a deep knowledge of her subject, helping her get the best out of people. I feel very lucky to have had her guidance on my writing journey.”
– Kenneth Stephen, Heartland Media & PR
I can help you to:
work out what your book should be about,
how long it should be and how to structure it,
how to find the time in your busy schedule to write
how to embed a regular writing habit into your daily routines
whether you should self-publish an e-book or try to find a traditional publisher (and if you go down the traditional route, I can give you some guidance on how to find the right literary agent)
I can give you weekly accountability and regular editorial feedback - both top-level advice on structure, pace, tone etc and line-by-line copy-editing support
If this service interests you, the next step is for us to have a chat to establish whether we're the right fit.
If we both decide to go for it, you get monthly coaching calls, weekly accountability check-ins by email and fortnightly opportunities for editorial feedback - for £2,500 for a six month package.
“Sophy’s response was prompt, thoughtful and reassuring, for it drew clearly on her extensive professional experience; she suggested a fantastic range of relevant reading, made pertinent comments about style and picked up meticulously on detail. At the same time, I felt that she ‘got’ me, that she was sensitive to what it was that I was trying to achieve and that she wanted to work with me rather than offering a formulaic response. In those early days of utter uncertainty, Sophy’s warmth and clarity were just what I needed.”
Helene Witcher, author of Madame Scotia, Madame Scrap
"It was invaluable to have someone as insightful and supportive as Sophy to help keep me focused and writing.”
Zoe Venditozzi, author of Anywhere's Better Than Here
“Sophy’s guidance came at just the right time and gave me pointers which allowed me to critique my book more clearly and know what I needed to work on.”
Clare Hunter, author of Threads of Life
How does it work?
Six months of guidance, feedback and coaching support for £2,500
Over a period of six months, you get my 1:1 support in planning and writing - whatever help you need.
We’ll create a simple actionable plan that’s tailored to your strengths and the time you have available. I'll be focusing on integration and implementation, so you’re not left high and dry with lots of good ideas but no plan to put them into action.
This is what we cover in the 6 months:
We’ll start by ensuring that your writing plans fit your business plans and the needs of your ideal clients
We will plan out your timeline, milestones, what to do when
We'll look at creating flexible and responsive systems to cut out the busywork
We'll get you writing, with regular deadlines and lots of editorial feedback from me
You will have a ‘Copy Feedback’ document in a shared Google Docs file so that we can keep track of your writing and my comments, suggestions and changes
If this sounds like it might be right for you, click the button below to arrange a free consultation call. Before we speak, I’d like to know a bit about you and what you’d like to get out of working with me, so when you book your call, I’ll be asking some questions as part of the booking process.
At the scheduled time for your consultation call, we’ll use the opportunity to make sure we’re the perfect fit before you commit.
If you decide to work with me, I’ll tell you the exact steps for getting started. If you decide not to work with me or if we’re not a perfect fit, I’m happy to share other resources to help you get what you need.
And if you have any questions you’d like me to answer in the meantime, I’m very happy to answer them - just drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.